May 4, 2004

MSCI 2004 Recruiting Campaign Adds 28 New or Rejoined Members

May 04, 2004

MSCI 2004 Recruiting Campaign Adds 28 New or Rejoined Members

SAN FRANCISCO, May 4, 2004 – The campaign to recruit 50 or more net additional members for the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) has already netted 28 new or rejoined member companies, almost all of them signed during the first quarter.

Of the added members, 12 are domestic active service centers, seven are companies that produce metal products, and six are affiliate members, or providers of equipment or services to the metals service center industry. The new members also include an Australian service center and two international producers.

“We have been successful with our recruiting so far this year because of the greatly improved value proposition offered by MSCI and because of our aggressive program of peer-to-peer recruiting,” said Bill Jones, president and chief executive officer of O’Neal Steel, vice chairman of MSCI, and leader of the recruiting drive. “Every aspect of MSCI’s program has improved substantially in the last two years, and that means the value of membership has also increased significantly. MSCI membership is more attractive than ever.”

MSCI President and CEO Bob Weidner said the recruiting drive will continue for the entire year. “Because we have also lost some members, we are not quite halfway to achieving our net new member goal,” Weidner said. “Even so, the signs are very positive. I am especially pleased that so many companies that previously resigned have returned to membership after a careful review of who we are at MSCI today.

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Founded in 1907, the Metals Service Center Institute has more than 375 members operating from about 1,200 locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and elsewhere around the world. Together, MSCI members constitute the largest single group of metals purchasers in North America, amounting each year to more than 75 million tons of steel, aluminum, and other metals, with about 300,000 manufacturers and fabricators as customers. Metals service centers distribute metals and provide first-stage fabrication services.

Contact:   Jon Kalkwarf, 773-867-1300 x105, or (773) 835-6108 (mobile)

 Editors:            List of new or rejoined members follows.

New 2004 MSCI Members

as of April 26, 2004


Key Contact


Active Members:

Alaskan Copper & Brass

Douglas Rosen

Seattle, WA – Portland, OR – Coquitlam,BC

Alliance Metals

Frank Madormo

Fullerton, CA – Atlanta, GA –Westchester, PA – Irving, TX

Charter Steel Trading

Gary Birnbaum

Chicago, IL

CTL Steel

David Beck

Columbus, OH

Kerry Steel

Kerry Nagle

Farmington Hills, MI – Detroit, MI

Keystone Specialty Metals

Scott Fine

Bensalem, PA

MetalMart International

Andrew Lippman

Whittier, CA

Metals & Services Company

John Baessler, Jr.

Addison, IL

Miami Valley Steel Service

Richard Knackstedt

Piqua, OH

Structural Steel Works

Juan Aguayo

Bayamon, Puerto Rico

United Aluminum

John Lapides

North Haven, CT

Valbruna Canada


Algoma Steel

Denis Tercottte

Burlington, Ontario

Charter Steel & Wire

Peter Murray

Saukville, WI


Terry Heinz

North Kansas City, MO

Hanna Steel

Larry Vucovich

Fairfield, AL; Pekin, IL; Gadsden, ALO; Northport, AL

Keystone Profiles

Mark Breedlove

Beaver Falls, PA

Precision Specialty Metals

Lawrence Hall

Los Angeles, CA

Sandmeyer Steel Company

Ronald Sandmeyer

Philadelphia, PA



Admiral Drive Systems

Daniel Wybo

London, Ontario


AXIS Computer Systems

Ron Greco

Marlborough, MA


ELG Metals

Simon Merrills

McKeesport, PA


Hilco Appraisal Services

Ridley Gunderson

Forest Hills, NY


OmniSource Corp

Jason Redden

Fort Wayne, IN


Rapid Rentals & Sales

Jeff Saxman

Carol Stream, IL


International Active:


Coil Steels Group Pty Ltd

Peter Muller

Granville, Australia


International Associate:


AMAG USA Corporation

Robert Tanferno

Englewood Cliffs, NJ


Chandan Steel Ltd.

Dilip Chandan

Mumbai, India